Travelling to Manchester
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Travelling from Cardiff to Manchester
Manchester is a thriving city packed with tonnes of exciting stuff to see and do. Having reinvented itself from an industrial town to a modern metropolis, the capital of the North is a whirlwind of fun. Manchester’s unique character comes from its blend of old and new, and its emphasis on amazing cultural activities. Whether you want to explore the city’s museums and art galleries, visit one of the sport stadiums or listen to some live music and have a night out, Manchester is sure to provide.
Are there direct trains from Cardiff to Manchester?
Yes, direct trains from Cardiff to Manchester are available with CrossCountry.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Cardiff to Manchester?
All our services from Cardiff to Manchester offer a full range of amenities to ensure your journey is as comfortable as can be. You will have the choice of a variety of table seats, charge points for your electrical devices and a dedicated luggage storage space. An at-seat service offering a great selection of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments will also be available onboard. Why not treat yourself to even more comfort and upgrade to a First Class ticket?
Does Manchester Piccadilly have step-free access?
Manchester Piccadilly is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. The station has step-free access throughout, ramps are available for train access, and there are accessible ticket machines and counters.
How far is the city centre?
Manchester Piccadilly is very centrally located, meaning you can easily walk to the Central Retail District, the trendy Northern Quarter and other attractions in the city.
Does the station have family areas?
Manchester Piccadilly is well-equipped for families. Baby changing facilities are available, as well as waiting rooms where you can spend time before your train. There are a handful of shops and cafés if you would prefer to spend your time there.
For further information about Manchester Piccadilly Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Manchester
Onward travel: Buses in Manchester
Manchester has a great transport system to assist you on your onward journey. An excellent bus service runs throughout the city centre and Greater Manchester. The tram service is another good option. If you’re looking to go further afield, the Arriva bus service also offers great service to surrounding towns in the North East. A taxi rank is available outside of the station if you prefer a more direct mode of transport.
Shopping in Manchester
Manchester’s city centre has a good mix of high street favourites and independent shops, as well as designer boutiques and bargain-basement outlets. And the best bit? The city is compact, so you can walk everywhere. And what’s even better is that the city centre is full of trendy, tasty eateries where you can stop off and refuel during your shopping spree. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the city, there’s always the infamous Trafford Centre a few miles away, which houses all your favourite brands. For something a little different, get yourself to the Northern Quarter for indie, handmade gifts.
Culture in Manchester
Manchester is one of the coolest cities in the country, with an abundance of galleries, music venues and festivals, as well as theatres, great shopping and stunning architecture. Explore arts, crafts and vintage fairs at Artzu, a gallery filled with the artistic work of local talent. History buffs will enjoy a trip to Manchester’s Imperial War Museum North where they can delve into the history of the world’s wars. The Palace Theatre presents award-winning performances, while The Royal Exchange offers an intimate in-the-round experience. Music plays a big part in the city’s culture, so it wouldn’t be a trip to Manchester without experiencing some live music. Why not discover the next big act at one of the city’s many intimate live music venues, like The Castle Hotel, Gullivers and Gorilla?
Spending time in Manchester?
Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or simply want to grab a bite to eat, our Manchester Guide can help you plan the perfect visit!